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¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover – Picture Book, September 1, 2002

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Focusing on the event in April 2000 that united 8,000 workers in the Justice for Janitors Campaign, ­Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. by Diana Cohn, illus. by Francisco Delgado, trans. by Sharon Franco, chronicles the proceedings through the eyes of one female worker's son. An opening color-pencil sketch in fiesta-bright colors shows Mam  tucking in Carlitos for bed before she leaves for work. She explains to her son the need for a strike, and a series of spreads chart the strikers' progress. A final spread profiles union organizer Dolores S nchez; the dust jacket doubles as a poster that explains labor unions and strikes, along with a poem by Luis J. Rodriguez. Ages 7-12.
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PreS-Gr. 3. Political and passionate, this bilingual picture book about the L.A. janitors' strike in 2000 gives a voice to contemporary urban Latino working-class families. With the English text at the top of each page and the Spanish translation below, the story is told in the first person by Carlitos, a Mexican immigrant child, whose widowed mother cleans offices nights and weekends but still can't manage to support her family. After Mama tells Carlitos that she is helping to organize a janitors' strike for a union, Carlitos gets support at school from his teacher and classmates, and he joins the march with a sign that reads: "I love my Mama. She is a janitor!" Delgado's bright, active pastel pictures, much like poster art, are reminiscent of the work of Mexican artist Orozco, with pulsing scenes of marching crowds in the streets as well as warm close-ups of people at work and home. Carlitos' story is framed by lots of politics for group discussion, and the inside of the dust jacket is a poster with art and text about labor history. Hazel Rochman
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cinco Puntos Press; Bilingual edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English, Spanish
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0938317660
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0938317661
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
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Diana Cohn is an educator with an active commitment to social justice work. She was a teacher for many years, and now works for a national foundation that supports communities organizing for economic and environmental justice. She has a master's degree in education from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She is the author of Dream Carver and Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Janitor Strike in L.A. Visit her website at

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